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Newsline audio releases – November 21, 2014

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Hunters, football fans and Thanksgiving holiday travelers mean it’s going to be busy on major state highways during upcoming days. Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant David Harvey has tips to help ensure your trip is safe and uneventful.

Cut 1: Sergeant David Harvey, State Patrol (282 KB/18 seconds)

“We’re hoping drivers will be patient and take their time. The best thing motorists can do is to keep a close eye on the weather and plan travel accordingly. When you do travel, watch your speed and be alert for slowing traffic, and allow adequate following distances. The biggest thing though is to make sure everyone is buckled up.”

Cut 2: Sergeant David Harvey, State Patrol (358 KB/23 seconds)

“This time of year can be especially challenging for drivers. Hours of daylight are decreasing, deer are active, weather can change quickly to include snow and icy conditions. Both drivers and vehicles need to be ready. Check the tread on your tires and check your wiper blades too. It’s also time to be sure you have a snow brush or ice scraper in your vehicle to help keep windows clear of snow and ice.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Harvey (642 KB/41 seconds)

When you combine deer hunters, Packer and Badger football fans and Thanksgiving holiday travelers it all adds up to a busy period on Wisconsin roadways. This is Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant David Harvey.

“We’re hoping drivers will be patient and take their time. The best thing motorists can do is to keep a close eye on the weather and plan travel accordingly. When you do travel, watch your speed and be alert for slowing traffic, and allow adequate following distances. The biggest thing though is to make sure everyone is buckled up.”

The busiest travel day is expected the Sunday after Thanksgiving with hunters, holiday travelers and Packer fans all on the move. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Despite the change in seasons, the Wisconsin State Patrol continues to use its “eyes in the sky” to watch for drivers failing to follow the rules of the road. Major J.D. Lind explains the Air Support Unit’s enforcement role.

Cut 1: Major J.D. Lind, State Patrol (228 KB/14 seconds)

“The pilots watch for things like speeders, aggressive drivers, following too close – those types of things. The ultimate goal is not to just write tickets, but to enforce traffic laws to keep the highways safe for all of the motoring public.”

Cut 2: Major J.D. Lind, State Patrol (281 KB/18 seconds)

"Last year, the Air Support Unit conducted 64 aerial enforcement missions that resulted in over 1,500 traffic citations being issued. Again, the goal of the aircraft program is to identify and stop unsafe drivers — not necessarily to write citations."

Cut 3: Wrap with Lind (896 KB/57 seconds)

Despite the changes in seasons, the Wisconsin State Patrol continues to use its “eyes in the sky” to watch for drivers failing to follow the rules of the road. Major J.D. Lind explains the Air Support Unit’s enforcement role.

“The pilots watch for things like speeders, aggressive drivers, following too close — those types of things. Last year, the Air Support Unit conducted 64 aerial enforcement missions that resulted in over 1,500 traffic citations being issued. The ultimate goal is not to just write tickets, but to enforce traffic laws to keep the highways safe for all of the motoring public.”

In an effort to get drivers to voluntarily slow down and follow other traffic laws, Wisconsin DOT, this year, is tweeting the times and locations of aerial enforcements. You can get those notices by following WisDOT on Twitter, the department’s handle is @WisconsinDOT. This is Brock Bergey reporting.


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